JULY 14: PROSTABLOG NZ: The UK scientist leading the research project that is about to report on folic acid risk factors and prostate cancer is Robert Clarke at Oxford University, says Otago University’s Professor Murray Skeaff.
Professor Skeaff is quoted in the Otago Daily Times newspaper as saying the team led by Clarke (pictured) will soon release details of a large study that found folic acid – about to be added to most NZ bread – is not a cancer risk.
The conference where preliminary results were presented was the 7th International Conference on Homocysteine Metabolism, which Professor Skeaff attended last month.
According to the Oxford Uni website, Dr Robert Clarke joined its Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit in 1991.
He is an honorary consultant in Public Health Medicine, and Reader in Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.
His research interests include the importance of traditional risk factors (blood pressure and cholesterol) and novel risk factors (homocysteine and genetic markers) for cardiovascular disease and for cognitive impairment through large-scale meta-analyses involving individual participant data from observational studies and trials.
In addition, he co-ordinates aspects of the PROCARDIS study of the genetics of coronary heart disease, Whitehall study of London Civil Servants and Oxford Healthy Aging Project.